Nottinghamshire wrapped up a six-wicket defeat of Yorkshire at Headingley with four balls remaining, denying the hosts a place in the quarter-finals of the NatWest T20 Blast as a result.
Man-of-the match Alex Hales laid the foundation for the Outlaws’ reply to Yorkshire’s imposing 200 for five with a well-struck 67. However, it was captain James Taylor’s late assault on Ryan Sidebottom in the 19th over that knocked the stuffing out of the home side; he thrashed three consecutive fours and a six.
Yorkshire’s demise came as a bitter blow to the 8,662 crowd who felt certain their side would progress after Australian Aaron Finch signed off with a blistering 89 from 46 balls, including seven sixes and four fours. Finch said: “I thought that we had enough runs on that wicket but all credit to Notts for the way they pressed throughout their innings. They were never a long way behind the rate. In a situation like that, it just takes one or two big overs to change it and they got them. When you’ve got wickets in hand you can make up a lot of ground and they definitely did that. We didn’t field particularly well. We probably leaked 20 runs and a couple of catches went down.”